Autodrop Raket Auto’s
Oh boy. As evidenced by my rave review of Autodrop Cadillacs a few weeks ago, I am now an Autodrop product fiend. Or so I thought. The story of how my mind was so drastically changed goes like this:
“Alright guys, time to sample some more candy for the blog.”
Julie and Holly both nodded nonchalantly, used to my constant candy offerings.
“Julie, here is a strawberry race car for you. Holly, here is an orange one.”
I popped the third flavor, golden delicious apple, into my mouth, expecting nothing less than love at first bite. We all spit them out and gagged simultaneously.
“Uck, what are these?!”, they demanded. I was equally baffled. The nasty little cars bore uncanny similarity to congealed, crusty cake frosting.
Because I take my candy blog quite seriously, and intend to use it as a warning system when necessary, I sucked it up and sampled all of the flavors so I could tell you exactly what repulses me about these disgusting soggy sugar chunks. The “strawberry” flavor, first off, is horrendously inaccurate and resembles something close to the cherry cough medicine my mother would force down my throat as a child. The orange flavor is reasonable at first and tastes like a dreamsicle, but finishes with a lingering taste of vitamins that is nothing less of gag worthy. The golden delicious apple flavor is actually quite accurate and is the least of the three evils, but is still horribly textured as I mentioned earlier.
Despite this product failure I am still an Autodrop fan because of those wonderful little Cadillacs (the Dubble Deckers are quite nice as well), but I would advise all of you not to take a chance with these Raket Autos. If you prefer not to pay heed to my advice, they are available at Albert Heijn for your gagging pleasure.
Red Band Drop Fruit Duo’s
Upon the solicited prompting of the CES crew, I decided to review these lovely little licorice sweets. I actually like licorice so I don’t know why it has taken me this long to review it in a country with absolutely fabulous product offerings in the licorice category, but I reckon that a late review is better than no review at all.
Three seems to be the magic number for today’s flavor assortments because these Duo’s also have three flavors- raspberry, orange, and lemon. The first thing I noticed about these was how the texture combination of the fruit gummy and the soft, sweet black licorice is pure perfection. The licorice is actually slightly softer than the gummy, so it begins to dissolve while you chew on the firmer fruit side. Because the licorice flavor is stronger, it lingers in your mouth as you finish the fruit side, and creates an ambrosia of fruit and licorice that is perfectly balanced the whole time you eat.
I favor the orange flavor because for some reason there is a cosmic quality about the combination of fresh, tangy, sweet orange with the distinctive drop taste. Normally I like lemon flavors best so I was surprised that the lemon did not wow me as much as the others; I think this might be due to the fact that the lemon is still tangy like the orange but not quite sweet enough to complement the licorice like the orange flavor so expertly does. Finally, the raspberry is sweeter and less tangy than the orange, which is a nice balance for the licorice but offers less of a flavor balance between the fruit and the drop sides of the sweet. But, as I originally said, these three duo’s are just varying levels of perfection.
Overall, I am hopelessly obsessed with these and will definitely be bringing some home to the United States with me this weekend. Great recommendation CES crew! You can get these at Albert Heijn, C1000, and any other store that knows their sweets.
About the Author
Casey Roberts is from Indiana University (United States of America), studies Marketing, and is currently spending her last semester of college EVER at the University of Maastricht. She loves candy and all types of food (but mostly sweets) and wants to share her experiences with those who are looking to add new delicious and sticky-sweet horizons to their experience abroad, all while reminding everyone that candy isn’t just for children!
CES students are bright and eager personalities from all around the world who attend classes at all faculties of Maastricht University through the comprehensive CES programme of their choice. Programme topics range from ‘Business & Economics in Europe’, 'European Culture & Arts', 'Psychology & Neuroscience in Europe', 'EU Politics, Policy & International Relations', ‘European Society & History’ and 'European Law & Human Rights' amongst many others.